What Does Elegance Mean? I Asked You. Here’s What You Responded
8 August 2018
Seriously, trying to come up for a definition for elegance is just hell.
I checked the dictionary: I didn’t feel satisfied with what I found.
I investigated what style gurus have conjured up as definitions for elegance: they just didn’t actually manage to capture the essence of the word (in my humble opinion, of course, cause who I am to question them? (or anyone else’s own definition, for that matter)).
So being the stubborn man that I am after my failed attempt at defining sprezzatura, I sat down and decided to come up with a definitive blog post that could go into detail about what the word “elegance” actually means. In particular, as a huge component of formal menswear or classic menswear or just professional style, however you wish to call it.
And guess what? I also didn’t like what I wrote. In fact, it was probably worse than the dictionary definition and some would say also worse than the interpretations from those well-known style gurus.
That’s just when it hit me!
Everyone will have his or her own definition of elegance. And everyone’s definition could be just as flawed as the next one.
So I said to myself: what the hell? I’ll just ask my community of dapper people and find out what elegance means to them, or how they interpret the word.
Here’s how you all described “elegance”.
The Question: What Does Elegance Mean To You?
Without further ado, here are all your definitions for the word “elegance”.
Refined Grace and Beauty
Manners, Humility, Presence
-Timothy Hartley Smith
Being a gentleman, integry and credibility
Air of sophistication
Style, class and good manners
Three piece suits
Style, Etiquette, Confidence
Style, Confidence, Chivalry
No Words Necessary
Tasteful & Timeless
Dignity, Manners, Taste
Appropriately attired with an effortless presence
-Kent Haaland @kenthaaland
Less is more
-Geoffrey Martin @geoff_martin17
Personality, coherent style
Something of beauty
Pride in appearance
Is a personal signature
-Andres Limones @andres.limones
#you (Ed’s comment: why thank you!)
-James Bacchi @jamesbacchi
Air of grace
Making it happen
Restraint. Knowing how much is too much
-Thomas Bullington @literarybotany
Sophistication with nonchalance
-Espen H. Kristensen @bgosl
It’s so hard to describe. I can tell what/who is elegant and what/who is not. And I have a standard. I know it but I just can’t say it haha
-Xin-Hang Hu @aiden1230fox
Keep it classy
-Gilbert Molinet @photos_by_g_molinet
Opeth Slayer Voyager (Ed’s comment: ha!)
-Abdessamad Saad @abdessamadsaad
Graceful Sophisticated Refined
-Martina Filipovic @martynafilipovic
Simple, refinement and stylish
Classic, perfect and elegant
-Senad Kazic @senadkazic28
Authentic, breathtaking personality
Passionate about class, grace, grooming and suit. In one word like I said Malegant
-Brian Hargrove @bsartoriglam
Powerful without hurting
-Sonia Frederico @sonyafrederico
Grace expressed fashionably
-Adam McCoy @thedapperedition
Elegance is a way to respect people around you
-Marcos Antônio Cardoso Souza @marcoscardosoadv
And my personal favorite…
*Note: Instagram usernames were included for those who responded to the question on Instagram. Facebook responses only show the name of the person responding.
First conclusion: you guys are just as lost as I am! Just kidding, some of you came up with great definitions for elegance.
Second conclusion: elegance can have a million definitions. One for each person you could ask.
Third conclusion: just as with our styles, many of us, are in the constant and neverending pursue of elegance, so will we remain in a neverending search for the definitive meaning of the word itself. We may never find it, or may not even exist.
But that doesn’t mean you can give it a shot.
What does elegance mean to YOU?
Leave a comment with your definition below.
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